The IT Crowd star suggested to ShortList that, despite being a fan of Anderson, his debut directorial feature Submarine is not directly influenced by the Rushmore helmer.
Asked about reviews comparing the film to Anderson's work, Ayoade said: "I like him but I think it's mostly a case of us liking the same things.
"Part of the reason I liked Wes Anderson was that he obviously liked the French New Wave. Beyond that, I'm a fan of Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman and Akira Kurosawa."
He added: "A lot of what I've done is directed by the characters, which helps. Garth Marenghi's Darkplace was 'directed' by Garth, and Submarine is Oliver's imagined idea of how he should be seen."
> Trailer: Richard Ayoade's Submarine